Ask Joe: Why publicize DUI checkpoints in advance ?

Reported by: Joe Hart
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Updated: 12/23/2013 3:07 pm
From the Ask Joe file one of our viewers has a question about DUI checkpoints which we see a lot of during the holiday season.
Howard Holden wrote in asking why law enforcement agencies around Reno advertise when they will be conducting a DUI checkpoint ?  Howard thinks that's just giving DUI drivers a chance to make sure they avoid the checkpoint .

I checked with Trooper Chuck Allen at the Nevada Highway Patrol about this.   He says it is something they discuss as far as a strategy but Trooper Chuck says their primary goal is to get people talking about the issue of drunk driving, to keep the discussion alive.
   That is more effective they feel than surprising people with a checkpoint.
Law enforcement is planning another checkpoint tomorrow night.  And they'll have extra officers on the road through january sixth as part of what they call saturation patrols .   They use grant money to pay for overtime and equipment so extra officers can be out on the roads during the times when there figures to be more people  drinking and driving.
   So one strategy might to be to try to surprise you with their efforts, Trooper Chuck says they prefer to let everyone know how they're cracking down and enforcing the law with extra officers in hopes that you'll think twice before drinking and driving.
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t bone - 12/22/2013 11:51 AM
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I have no problem with those checkpoints - as long as they're restricted only to checking drivers for alcohol or drugs. It always seems there are other arrests due to other circumstances such as no insurance, suspended/revoked licenses, outstanding warrants (some of which the citizens might not even be aware of!), etc. Those "other arrests" are invasive of our privacy - which is what law enforcement seems to have quickly forgotten once they set-up these roadside sobriety checkpoints. And who is it that always provides these grants? Stop lying and simply call it what it really is - voluntary overtime! But since they're going to abuse these intrusions with DUI checkpoints, then may I suggest checking the legal identification of those who may not be in the country legally. I'll bet there's far more of them than drunken drivers.

retired51 - 12/21/2013 12:52 PM
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The only ones that are probably having a discussion about it is those trying to avoid it!!! Quit tipping your hand!!

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